Cobb lends a helping hand during Snow Jam
by Sally Litchfield
February 01, 2014 11:07 PM | 3514 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sometimes it takes a massive snowstorm and random acts of kindness that renew our faith and hope in others. Through a handful of stories, let us celebrate all those in our community that reached out to others during Snow Jam 2014 like….

Ashley Burruss Akopov: Ashley prepared a pot of grits to serve 25 people. Chris Mann delivered the grits in his 4WD to A.L. Burruss Elementary School where 23 students, several teachers and school nurse Beth Pfeiffer spent the night.

Richard Gardner: Richard offered a desperate motorist driving by his neighborhood the use of the restroom in his home and then helped him on his way with a push after his car got stuck in ice.

Emmett, Helen, and Liam Lepp: The Lepp children did their duty during the snow jam. The three Scouts shoveled the driveways of Doug Baker, Judy Guard, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick in the Whitlock Square neighborhood. Emmett also delivered a can full of gas (donated from his lawn care business, Lawns by Lepp) to a stranded motorist who ran out of gas on Church Street. Emmett, 12, is a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 287. Helen, 10, is a Junior Girl Scout with Troop No. 29216. Liam, 9, is a Wolf Cub Scout — all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Joe Mathis: Joe offered directions and updates to stranded motorists and helped push cars on Whitlock Avenue.

Glenn Michael: Marietta resident Hope Branicki panicked when she couldn’t reach Mt. Paran Christian School on Tuesday to pick up her daughter or get to Johnson Ferry Christian School in east Cobb to pick up her son, Andrew. Hope’s friend, Amanda Tucker, ran the Mt. Paran Christian School carpool. Hope called her dad, Glenn Michael, who agreed to get Andrew on his way home from Atlanta. Fifteen hours later, Glenn was still trying to make it to Johnson Ferry Christian School. Hope finally convinced Glenn to pull off the road at 3 a.m. at the Riverside Exit on Interstate 285 where he slept in his car for the next few hours.

At 7:30 a.m., Hope posted her frustration on Facebook that her father was in subfreezing conditions (17 degrees) and could not get help. Kelly King Hastings of Marietta messaged that her brother lived about a mile down the road. Within minutes, Sarah and Ron King of Atlanta reached Hope’s father. The Kings took Glenn into their home where he learned a variety of new board games and ate incredible meals. The Kings’ young daughter, Ansley, offered him her bed for the evening.

Johnson Ferry Christian School administrators took great care of Andrew. He returned home when another parent, Mike Shetler of Woodstock, drove him home. Shetler did not know the Branickis and had driven 23 hours to get his children.

Dawn McEachern: With her husband stranded at work, Dawn knew how to drive on the ice after having lived in Colorado. She spent her birthday delivering supplies such as sleeping bags to local schools.

Ann and Bob Peterson: Walker School visual art teacher Bob Peterson tried to push the car of stranded motorist Tiffany Anderson up Paces Ferry Road in Vinings. Tiffany was trying to make it to a friend’s home after being in her car for 10 hours. When it became apparent that the road was impassable, Bob’s wife, Ann Peterson, escorted Tiffany to the home of a 91-year-old woman who was feeding stranded people and giving them a place to sleep.

Ann took Tiffany to their home where she spent the night. After feeding Tiffany breakfast, the couple went back out to help others in need.

Alli and Rob Schnatmeier: Rob knew his friend, Jim Lauder, was out of town on Tuesday so he called to check on Jim’s wife, Melanie. After hearing that she had been in the car for over five hours with all three kids trying to get home from the Walker School, Rob insisted that she pull into the CVS at Powder Springs and the south loop where he picked the family up in his 4WD. The Lauders’ neighborhood was blocked due to crashed cars and ice. Rob brought the Lauders to their home for an impromptu over-night house party with his wife, Alli, serving dinner and drinks.


Fashion spotlight of the week: More than 21 hours in a car and his only concern was for his grandson who was stranded at school — Glenn Michael of Kennesaw — you look like a rock star!

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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